Curated by NoLIta participant Blayke Kogan
30 may 2014 by art:i:curate team
As part of our 'Curated by NoLIta' project, we met with the curators: people living and working in the neighborhood.
Ky Katrensky met with Blayke Kogan, recent Graduate and creative.
KK: Why did you get involved with art:i:curate and this project?
BK: My friend told me all about it, and I've always been interested in curating so it seemed like a fun and exciting opportunity.
KK: What do you hope to take away from it?
BK: I hope to meet other fellow artists and curators, and share my love for art with other young people in my neighborhood.
KK: How do you normally take in art?
BK: No normal way! It really depends. I always know what I like and what I don't straight away. When I like a work, I tend to take time with it.
KK: What does the term "curating" mean to you?
BK: Curating is all about taste.
KK: When did you move to NoLIta and why?
BK: 2 years ago, to finish school at NYU Tisch.
KK: Where did you live before and where are you from?
BK: I was previously in the East Village. Originally I'm from Miami, though I grew up in northern New Mexico.
KK: What do you like best about your part of town and what don't you like at all?
BK: I love that I can walk - literally - everywhere. The best of New York is in walking distance. I love the diversity, the character, the grit. It still has little bits of old New York.
KK: What sets NoLIta apart from the surrounding neighborhoods?
BK: I would say NoLIta manages to balance the bougie/yuppy crowd with the bohemian set. Which is tricky to pull off.
KK: Do you have a favorite New York moment?
BK: I'm always suprised by how small the city can feel- I run into people constantly! In any given day, I may run into 3 people I know from very different circumstances in my life. It's wild. Definite moment.
KK: Do you know any of your neighbors?
BK: Yes, Of course! We do quick trips to Woodstock together.
KK: Do you hope to connect with your neighbors through this project?
BK: Yes! To a further extent.
KK: Are there any notable neighborhood characters?
BK: Well, not really. There should be! The owner of Ritual Vintage on Broome street is quite a legend though, I will say. An amazing shop and she is always rushing around the neighborhood looking chic.
KK: Do you have a local hangout spot in the neighborhood?
BK: I like Oro, on Broome st. It is very local. I always feel like I'm back in one of the small cafes in New Mexico, the kinds I grew up going to. Very relaxed and chilled out.
KK: Have you heard any stories about the history of NoLIta?
BK: Yes...Namely from my old italian neighbor. She can tell you herself, she's been in the area forever.
KK: What do you see for the future of NoLIta?
BK: The rest is still unwritten .....
KK: Tell me something about yourself.
BK: I'm left handed and Dyslexic.